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Description - Deleuze and Horror Film by Anna Powell

The horror film analysed from a Deleuzian perspective This book argues that dominant psychoanalytic approaches to horror films neglect the aesthetics of horror. Yet cinematic devices such as mise en scene, editing and sound, are central to the viewer's visceral fear and arousal. Using Deleuze's work on art and film, Anna Powell argues that film viewing is a form of 'altered consciousness' and the experience of viewing horror film an 'embodied event'. The book begins with a critical introduction to the key terms in Deleuzian philosophy and aesthetics. These include: subjectivity/becoming, the body without organs, molecularity, time/duration, affect, movement/rhythm, space, anomaly and schizoanalysis. These concepts are then applied to horror films. Themes such as insanity, sensory response to film, the subject/object, fractured time, the body and cinematography are explored in horror films such as Jacob's Ladder Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Psycho Silence of the Lambs The Fly A Nightmare on Elm Street Alien Resurrection The Others The Shining Interview with the Vampire Bram Stoker's Dracula Nosferatu

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780748617470
ISBN-10: 0748617477
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Anna Powell

Anna Powell is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.